No. 16 Florida handles Middle Tennessee

November 22, 2013 

No. 16 Florida 79, Middle Tennessee 59: Patric Young scored 16 points, one of six Florida players in double figures as the No. 16 Gators beat Middle Tennessee Thursday night.

The Gators won their 19th consecutive game at home, this one thanks to a dominant start to the second half.

Florida (4-1) came out of the locker room and outscored the Blue Raiders 18-6 over the first 5½ minutes. DeVon Walker got the run started with a 3-pointer, and then the Gators went inside.

Young had a dunk, and Jacob Kurtz and Dorian Finney-Smith followed with three-point plays. Leading scorer Casey Prather, who played just 4 minutes in the first half because of foul trouble, made two free throws and also added a three-point play. In between, he found Michael Frazier II on the break for a layup.

Florida used the spurt to turn a single-digit lead into a 20-point game, and coach Billy Donovan's team coasted from there.

Davidson 94, Georgia 82: De'Mon Brooks scored 21 points and Brian Sullivan added 20 to end Davidson's winless start with a victory at the Charleston (S.C.) Classic.

The Wildcats (1-3) were off to their longest losing streak to start a season in four years and made sure to put away the Bulldogs (1-2) with a 13-4 run at the end of the opening period to take a 46-36 lead into the half. Georgia never got closer than eight points the rest of the way.

Nemanja Djurisic had 19 points to lead Georgia.

No. 18 Connecticut 72, Boston College 70: Ryan Boatwright made two big free throws with 7.9 seconds to play and blocked a three-point attempt at the buzzer, as No. 18 Connecticut beat Boston College in the semifinals of the 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Wounded Warrior Project.

DeAndre Daniels had 23 points to lead the Huskies (5-0), who play the winner of the Washington-Indiana game for the title on Friday night at Madison Square Garden.

No. 14 Michigan 85, Long Beach State 61: Nik Stauskas scored 24 points, Caris LeVert had 20 and Michigan made a tournament-record 14 three-pointers in the first round of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off in San Juan.

Pikeville 94, St. Catharine 93 (OT): Elisha Justice hit two free throws with three seconds left in overtime to lift Pikeville over host St. Catharine. The Bears' Bruce Reed led all scorers with 23 points.

State women

Georgetown 76, Cumberlands 73: Andrea Howard scored 23 points, including a three-pointer to tie the game at 73, to lead Georgetown to the victory.

The game was the Mid-South Conference opener for both teams.

Kourtney Tyra added 17 points and Lizza Jonas had 12 for the Tigers (3-1). Devanny King grabbed nine rebounds and added six points.

Cumberlands (1-3) was led by Jill Herman with 16 points. Lydia Cuff had 14 points and seven rebounds, and Lynnae Lampkins scored 10.

The Patriots led by as many as nine midway through the second half and were up 73-70 with less than a minute left. Howard hit a three-pointer off an inbounds play with 38 seconds left. Tyra sealed things by making three of four free throws in the last 12 seconds.

No. 4 Louisville 90, Ohio 33: Shoni Schimmel scored 13 points and Louisville made Jeff Walz the program's winningest coach in cruising past visiting Ohio.

Besides shooting 34-for-56 from the field to finish a season-best 61 percent, Louisville outscored the Bobcats 46-14 inside and outrebounded them 54-25.

Ohio (2-1) hit just seven of 29 shots in the first half — including missing its first 14 from three-point range. The Bobcats finished 2-for-25 from beyond the arc and 10 of 53 overall (19 percent).

Morehead 77, East Tennessee State 69: Morehead State outscored host East Tennessee State 19-11 over the final nine minutes to defeat the host Buccaneers.

Senior guard Terrice Robinson led all scorers with 20 points.

Pikeville 86, St. Catharine 72: Cheyenne Madden scored 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to help Pikeville win its Mid-South Conference opener at St. Catharine.

Lindsey Wilson 81, Shawnee State 74: Kayla Richardson scored 21 points and Bre Elder chipped in 20 as Lindsey Wilson defeated Shawnee State.

Lindsey Wilson ended the game making 37-of-44 from the stripe, including its last nine over the final three minutes.

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